Stewardship News

Nuts and bolts of electronic giving

By Ron Jensen Mission Support Table Society has moved to use technology in many financial transactions. Most people don’t carry much, if any, cash and they use a debit or credit card to pay for even coffee purchases. Most people … Continue reading


Synod News – December 2013

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News and information from around the synod. Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support Right now congregations have a wonderful opportunity to plan ahead for God’s work in 2014. In addition to all kinds of local ministries and needs, congregations join … Continue reading


Synod News

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News and information from around the synod. 2013-2014 Prayer Calendar now online Each week our synod prays together for a handful of congregations or ministries. The list for 2013-2014 (beginning with the first week of Advent, December 1, 2013) is … Continue reading


Nurturing a Culture of Abundance

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By Anna Wencl Zion Lutheran Church, Stewartville “How do you create and nurture a culture of abundance?” This was the last question I thought we’d first be asked during Culture | Money | Generosity, our synod’s October 13 stewardship event with … Continue reading


Discovering the Good Steward in Me: Stewardship of Our Finances

By Rev. Charlie Leonard First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minn. This is the fourth – and final – in a series. Check out the first, second, and third posts. Phase IV – Stewardship of Our Finances (September & October) On the first … Continue reading


Synod News – October 2013

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News and information from around the synod. Synod Directory Available Online Now is a good time to update your printouts if you keep hard copies. All synod directory information is available online and the fall updates have been made. Online … Continue reading


Discovering the Good Steward in Me: Stewardship of Ecology and Environment

By Rev. Charlie Leonard First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minn. This is the third in a series. Check out the first and second posts. Phase III – Stewardship of Ecology and Environment (July and August) Then God said, “Let us make humankind in … Continue reading


ELCA News

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For full stories and more, visit www.ELCA.org/news ELCA assembly makes decisions to move church forward Voting members of the 2013 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and … Continue reading


Snippets – September 2013

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News, events, tips, and tricks from your synod ministry partners Campus Ministry: Preparing for the Year As students prepare to enter another year of learning and growing, we pray that campus ministry may be a place of embracing the tension between … Continue reading


Expanding How We Talk about Stewardship

By Larry Iverson This is Larry’s final column as synod minister. Thank you, Larry, for your 12 years of ministry in the synod office! The “Stewardship with Adults Under 40″ event at Luther Seminary had a mix of ages and … Continue reading


Youth get passionate about “squishing out malaria”

By Mariah Holland First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minn. 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering Participant Last summer twelve youth from First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie traveled to New Orleans for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. When we left by bus for … Continue reading


Discovering the Good Steward in Me: At home & with family

By Rev. Charlie Leonard First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minn. This is the second in a series. Make sure to check out the first post too! Phase II – Stewardship at Home and with Family (May and June) I therefore, the … Continue reading


Discovering the Good Steward in Me: Time & Abilities

By Rev. Charlie Leonard First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minn. The Stewardship Team at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie decided to expand their stewardship conversations beyond just fall pledge time. We asked ourselves, “What else are we entrusted with … Continue reading


Money, Values, and Faith Journeys

By Larry Iverson Synod Minister What is your congregation doing to engage, educate, and equip individuals and families as part of their money, values and faith journey? – Nathan Dungan We are excited about the opportunity for pastors, lay leaders, … Continue reading


Synod News – April 2013

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News and information from around the synod. April 30 Deadline to Meet Our Goal Each year Portico Benefit Services primary care health insurance plan members are asked to complete an short online health assessment. The benefit to our congregations is … Continue reading


Synod News – March 2013

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News and information from around the synod. Thank You for Your Support in 2012 The numbers are in and you have exceeded your pledge to support the ministries of the synodical expression of the ELCA in 2012. Because you kept … Continue reading


Snippets – March 2013

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News, events, tips, and tricks from your synod ministry partners Campus Ministry: Planning for the Future For both of the campus ministries in our synod, this is a time of significant transition. The Lutheran Campus Center in Winona will soon … Continue reading


Snippets – January 2013

News, events, tips, and tricks from your synod ministry partners Campus Ministry: We Can Come for Worship At the 2012 Synod Assembly congregations were asked to lift up the Lutheran Campus Ministries in our Synod. Resources were sent to all … Continue reading


What are Mission Support Intents?

By Larry Iverson Synod Minister In Matthew 21: 28-32 Jesus tells a story of two sons, one who told his father that he would not go into the vineyard to work, but later changed his mind and went. The other … Continue reading


Time & Talent Sheets – 10/11/12

On Thursday, October 11, 2012 the Synod Communicators group gathered at Grace Lutheran Church, Mankato to discuss time and talent sheets and other forms. Present: Barb Anderson, Hosanna, Rochester Ruth Anderson, Our Savior’s, Owatonna Vance Becker, Good Shepherd (LCMS), North Mankato Justine Carlson, Christ the King, Mankato … Continue reading


Ask, Thank, Tell: Telling It Like It Is

Ask, Thank, Tell…Again   This article is shared with us from the a talk delivered to St Paul’s Lutheran, Pine Island, by the congregational president, Julie Baska, with her permission. It was inspired by the council’s discussion of the book, … Continue reading


Stewardship of One Another

Stewardship comes in many forms. The sharing of individual stories help us remember the community of faith that is possible because of financial mission support. Here is one such story from a member at a Southeastern Minnesota Synod congregation. My … Continue reading


The Value of a Mission Interpreter in Your Congregation

By Shirley Gangstad, synod mission interpreter coordinator If your congregation has not celebrated the ecumenical partnership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with The United Methodist Church in your community, the folks in your congregation may not be … Continue reading


Two Opportunities to Grow as a Steward

By Larry Iverson Synod Minister Discover the energy and joy of being a steward in your personal life and in your congregation. Come and learn what core messages, practices, and skills are a part of the development of a well-formed … Continue reading


A Book Review on the Power of Thank-Yous

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By Larry Iverson Synod Minister I always struggle with the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I acknowledge the exercise, but best intensions usually end up abandoned only weeks later than the discarded Christmas tree. I recently picked up a book … Continue reading